Southern Wind Shipyard has announced a contract for a new custom vessel: R/P-Nauta 100. The yacht’s design (both exterior and interior) was developed by Nauta Design, in association with Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design for naval architecture, Gurit are responsible for the structural engineering and the systems on board are by Southern Wind Shipyard. According to Mario Pedol of Nauta Design, the owner is focused on functionality of navigation, high performance for racing regattas and “a modern, aggressive and sporty look.”
Speaking on the collaboration, Jim Pugh, president at Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design notes that the owner has seen the accomplishments of all three parties on previous projects, and cites this as a key reason for pursuing this new vessel. “The Reichel/Pugh team is very pleased to be collaborating once more with Nauta Design and Southern Wind Shipyard (SWS) on this exciting project. The build of the R/P90, the first custom yacht for SWS with interior styling by Nauta Yachts, was an overwhelming success. For this R/P-Nauta 100, the owner is drawing on the expertise of these renowned companies to design and build a yacht that fully realises his vision.”
The R/P-Nauta 100 custom yacht is a project from an “experienced yachtsman who has placed his trust in the shipyard's new shareholders,” according to a statement from the shipyard. Earlier on this year Willy Persico, the founder of Southern Wind, sadly passed away. Following on from his unexpected death, the shipyard is now run by a team of managers and shareholders: Marco Alberti as general manager; Andrea Micheli, sales director; Alberto Del Cinque, general affair manager and Giampaolo Spera, director. In a statement to the press, Micheli commented on the importance of the build for the shipyard this year. “We are proud to be carrying on building reliable, comfortable and fast yachts and are happy to bring our renewed energy to the solid basis that Southern Wind is built on.”
Southern Wind has been active since 1991. With 22 deliveries of yachts over 30m since then, typically delivering one superyacht (32m+) every year since its inception, although the builder is known for its prominence in the 24m-plus sector of the market. The yard delivered two vessels, 34.5m S/Y Satisfaction and 31.4m S/Y Sorceress in 2017, and one in 2018, 32m S/Y Seatius.
This latest project is expected to be delivered in spring 2020.
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